America's creepiest family is returning to the big screen after nearly 20 years of absence. Yep, The Addams Family is being brought back to life as an animated feature film directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2) and Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends), MGM announced today.
Oscar Isaac (Annihilation) and Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) lead the cast as the family's patriarch and matriarch, Gomez and Morticia Adams. Chloe Grace Moretz (If I Stay) and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) will voice the Adams children, Wednesday and Puglsey, respectively, while Nick Kroll (Big Mouth), Bette Midler (Hocus Pocus), and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) round out the all-star lineup as Uncle Fester, Grandmama, and Margaux Needler. The only missing person (or thing, we should say) is Cousin Itt.
This take on the macabre family goes back to the original Addams Family cartoons that Charles Addams created for The New Yorker between 1938 and 1988. When it comes to story, the family will face off against a scheming crafty reality-TV host as they prepare for an extended family reunion.
For the Adammses, every day is Halloween as they live in a creepy, cobwebbed mansion and revel in anything scary, gross, and gruesome. Their butler, Lurch, is a Frankenstein-like monster while Thing, a hand (implied to be part of a creature too horrible to look at in its entirety), performs various tasks through the house. For later interpretations, Thing was just turned into a disembodied human hand.
Take a look at the first piece of Burton-esque artwork below and tell us Gomez doesn't resemble the Flantasy Flan guy from Courage the Cowardly Dog.
Addams's New Yorker cartoons spawned a well-known TV adaptation in the mid-1960s, which only ran for two seasons, but was memorable for its earworm-y theme song, which led to many immature versions among young kids over the years.
The family also appeared in other shows like Scooby-Doo and got two distinct animated series in the 1990s. It was during this decade that three live-action movies were made, two of them directed by Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black). Raúl Juliá's Gomez, Christina Ricci's Wednesday, and Christopher Lloyd's Uncle Fester were perhaps the best parts of these films.
“Greg and I have always been a fan of the Addams Family in past versions, so when we set out to make this movie, we were excited to do something new," said Vernon in an official release. "With that in mind, I drew from the brilliantly original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons for the look of the film and decided to tell the story of how Gomez and Morticia meet, find their house and start their family... The reimagining also extends to the stellar cast we’ve put together who will each bring their own spin to our film that will appeal to longtime fans of the Addams and introduce them to a new generation.”